Institute of Flight Guidance

Air traffic plays a crucial role in ensuring the mobility of people and goods around the globe. Environmental impact, aircraft noise and resistance to disruptions must be balanced with sufficient capacity in the air and on the ground. Decisive steps towards achieving this are efficient air traffic management and the optimisation of airport processes.

The Institute of Flight Guidance is working on the development and application of future processes and technologies for the integrated airborne and ground-based guidance of aircraft. This means using airspace more flexibly and efficiently and enabling airports to optimise throughput, while minimising fuel consumption and environmental impact. To this end, the Institute examines all technical and operational processes on board aircraft and on the ground (air navigation services and airports). Special attention is paid to the changing role of the human operator.

The Institute uses interdisciplinary research teams and an integrated test infrastructure to conduct basic and applied research starting with the idea through to application. The staff regularly cooperate with partners from universities, institutions and industry on German and international research projects. Such partnerships result in comprehensive ways to keep air traffic safe in the future, while also making it more efficient and robust.


Eckdaten des Instituts  
Site Research Airport Braunschweig-Wolfsburg
Director Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Kügler
Staff 142
Departments 6
Key research areas

Airport and Ground Traffic Management
Air Traffic Management
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Human-centered Automation
Validation Methodology and Tools

Prof. Dr. Dirk Kügler
German Aerospace Center

Institute of Flight Guidance

Tel: +49 531 295-2500

Fax: +49 531 295-2550

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